Patagonia’s packable Dirt Roamer is an all-rounder weatherproof jacket that proved to be surprisingly versatile across a wide range of conditions.
It keeps off enough rain to not have to worry about showers, but is so breathable that it easily transitions from cooler starts to warmer finishes. With just a baselayer underneath, it’s perfect for spring and autumn rides.
During testing I never felt the need to remove the jacket to constantly adjust my layering system with every change in temperature or terrain.
As you’d assume with a five-star score, the cut is bang-on, dropping properly low at the back with sleeves that are long enough for the tallest rider and an over-helmet hood fits easily without affecting peripheral vision and there’s a simple, one-handed adjustment with plenty of range.
The slim fit did prevent me from layering it over a chunkier midlayer, but you could size up if you wanted to do this and extend its use into colder months.
Pockets come in the form of a secure inner chest pocket and one side-back pocket, into which the jacket packs. So, when you’re not wearing it, it will easily fit into a backpack.
The DWR finish keeps showers off but isn’t fully waterproof. I haven’t tested the limits of its water-repellency but it dries fast when it does get wet, which helps you stay comfortable.
Bonded seams add to the quality feel. Add the understated styling, and it’s hard not to covet the Patagonia jacket. It definitely isn’t cheap, but at least it’s Fair Trade Certified sewn.
How we tested
A selection of hybrid jackets, combining water repellency with breathability and warmth, were put to the test to find out which ones are the best all-in-one jacket solution.
Other jackets on test:
- Endura MT500 Freezing Point Jacket
- Gore C5 Gore-Tex Infinium Hybrid Hooded Jacket
- Vaude Moab UL Hybrid
- Berghaus Taboche Windproof Softshell
- 7Mesh Freeflow jacket